Saturday, October 06, 2007

Twas the Night Before Debate

1. Twas the night before debate, when all through Seattle
Not a creature was stirring, not even in channel;
The chairs all were placed before tables with care,
In hopes that Doctor Oakley soon would be there;
The Calvies were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of cross-exam danced in their heads;
And Flamey in her jammies and I in mine too,
Had just settled down for an October snooze,

2. When outside the door there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the hallway as fast as a train,
Unfastened the dead bolt and unhooked the chain.
The laser pointer and sounds gave me a clue
And I heard Scottish accents, so surely I knew,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a laptop, an iPod, stacks of books by Shabir,

3. With a bright colored sweater, his bald head in sight,
I knew in a moment it must be James White.
More rapid than eagles the channel rats came,
And he chuckled, and chortled, and called them by name;
"Now, AO! Now, Tired! Now MrP! Shuey!
On, Uni! On, How2! On, Wifey, and Bluey!
The defense of the cross! And here that is our call
Now read away! Read away! Read away all!"

4. As dry dust that before the wild desert storm fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the book-stacks the channel rats flew,
With hearts full of prayer, and Doctor Oakley too.
And then, in a twinkling, Doc’s studious looks,
The rustling of pages in each of his books.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the hallway Doctor Oakley came with a bound.

5. He was dressed in Coogi, his tartan tie in hand,
And on his wrist, his bright blue “No Compromise” band;
All of his notes his trusty Blackberry stored,
Bible verses and quotes that could not be ignored.
His laptop-- how useful! Libronics- how geeky!
And he even brought AOMin’s faithful dog Zekey!
Total Recorder played something by Deedat,
No possible way it would be won by mere fiat;

6. The end of a pen he held tight in his teeth,
And his tablet PC, it displayed the Hadith;
BibleWorks was open, and Qur’an Reader Pro,
And his iPod was playing some songs by Mylo.
He was ready it seemed, he was fit for the task,
Could answer any question Muslims might ask;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know we had nothing to dread;

7. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And packed up the books, changed his channel nick to “lurk”,
He finished up emails that needed to be sent,
And with a holy nod, to his room he went;
He stood by the door, to the channel rats he waved,
And I wondered if from the usual kick Greg was saved.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he went out of sight,

Written by Marie Peterson, 10/06/2007


At 10/07/2007 12:19:00 AM , Blogger Lane Chaplin said...

I don't know where to, but this should be submitted. Hopefully Doc will put this on the blog! :)

At 10/07/2007 12:23:00 AM , Blogger Carla Rolfe said...

Now that was just way too funny.

At 10/10/2007 05:23:00 PM , Blogger James Swan said...

Well done.

At 10/18/2007 07:17:00 PM , Blogger Turretinfan said...

Very Nice!

At 10/18/2007 08:04:00 PM , Blogger Tim said...

Very clever, Marie.

I wife and I met you on last year's A&O Cruise (we were not able to go this year). We were in Atlanta at the time, but now we are in Louisville (I am pastoring a church here). Nice to know that we are "neighbors." :)

At 10/18/2007 08:37:00 PM , Anonymous tucsonmom said...

loving it marie! So very clever!

tucsonmom aka sandy

At 10/18/2007 09:30:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 10/18/2007 11:12:00 PM , Anonymous Angelz said...

I love it!!!! (glad you left out a comment about a bowl full of jelly)

At 10/19/2007 01:57:00 AM , Blogger SK Schultz said...



At 10/19/2007 09:18:00 AM , Blogger Jonathan G. said...

HA! That was great...I usually hear 'Calvie' tossed at me with the qualifier of 'evil' attached to it. But reading it here I did indeed feel warm and snuggly.


At 10/19/2007 08:16:00 PM , Blogger Ron Hodgman said...

Nice .... It was interesting meeting some of the channel folk for the first time and listening to James White [Dr. Oakley] in person too. Except for one day of rough seas, a very nice cruise.

At 10/21/2007 05:05:00 PM , Blogger Rhology said...

The end of a pen he held tight in his teeth,
And his tablet PC, it displayed the Hadith;

His laptop-- how useful! Libronics- how geeky!

Those are my favorite lines. Very nice.

At 11/10/2007 10:23:00 AM , Blogger Joshua A. Hitchcock said...

Hey...I came across your blog the other day...and noticed you were reformed in Louisville, KY..What church do you go to? I have been up here for six months for school..and am interested in checking some other churches out. Send me an email at sometime. My name is Josh Hitchcock..and an a first year Seminary Student.


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